Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has not ruled out a possible run for the White House.
Speaking with USA Today about his new sitcom “Young Rock,” which chronicles his childhood, Johnson echoed his 2017 comments to Ellen DeGeneres that he may run for president.
“I would consider a presidential run in the future if that’s what the people wanted,” he said. “Truly I mean that, and I’m not flippant in any way with my answer. That would be up to the people…So I would wait, and I would listen. I would have my finger on the pulse, my ear to the ground.”
In 2017, shortly after former President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Johnson said he was “seriously considering” a run for president. The sitcom will also feature mock interviews from the future in 2032 that show him running for president.
Last September, Johnson labeled himself a “centrist” as he endorsed Joe Biden, clarifying that he has voted for both parties while hailing Kamala Harris as a “certified badass.”
“As a political independent & centrist, I’ve voted for both parties in the past,” Johnson tweeted. “In this critical presidential election, I’m endorsing [Joe Biden] & [Kamala Harris]. Progress takes courage, humanity, empathy, strength, KINDNESS & RESPECT. We must ALL VOTE[.]”
“I’ve got friends in all parties, but the one thing we can always agree on is the conversation and the dialogue, and where that conversation lands is always the most critical part,” he said in a video.
“I thought it was a great and extremely productive conversation that we had, and as a registered independent for years now with centrist ideologies, I do feel that Vice President Biden and Senator Harris are the best choice to lead our country, and I am endorsing them to become president and vice president of our United States,” he continued.
Upon Biden’s election, Johnson admitted to crying “manly tears” over the prospect of Harris being vice president.
“I wanted to shoot this yesterday, when the news broke, but I got a little emotional, admittedly so, I got a little emotional yesterday, manly tears of course, I may have cried a tear or two, or ten, but they were all very manly. All my tears are manly,” he said.
Johnson went on to say that he got emotional because of what he felt his vote “represented.”
“My vote represented humanity. My vote represented decency,” he continued. “It represented the values and the principles of which we teach our little girls. My vote also, for me, represented the importance of just being a good, decent human being.”
Prior to his endorsement of Biden, Johnson ripped into Trump for not being a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement after the death of George Floyd.
“Where is our compassionate leader? The leader who unifies and inspires our country at our most painful time when we need it the most,” he said in a lengthy video. “The leader who steps up and takes full accountability for our country and embraces every color in it. The leader who picks our country up off its knees and says you have my word — we got this — and together, change will happen. Where are you? Because we’re all here. Maybe one day that galvanizing leader will emerge. Either way, the process to change has already begun.”
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